Inside Linfield - Employee Benefits

2021-22 Open Enrollment

Linfield University’s annual Open Enrollment period for the 2021-22 benefit year will take place from Tuesday, Feb. 2 - Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your benefit choices. During Open Enrollment you can:

  • Change medical plans. Not in love with the one you currently have? Choose from two others.
  • Add or remove people from your benefit plans.
  • Enroll for benefits for the first time.
  • Add speciality coverage like ID Shield Protection to better protect yourself from identity theft.
  • Learn more about available pet insurance.

Begin Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Powerpoint (PDF format)

Informational Sessions

The Office of Human Resources and our insurance consultants will host a university-wide Open Enrollment Benefit Session, as well as two Q&A sessions. Registration in advance is required for all events. A recording of the Feb. 2 Open Enrollment Benefit Session will be posted after the event for those unable to attend. 

Open Enrollment Benefit Session
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
11 a.m.
Watch the Recorded Session Here

Q&A Session
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021
6:30 p.m.


Q&A Session
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
10 a.m.

Insurance Premium Allowance

Benefit-eligible employees will receive a flat monthly amount based on their medical insurance election to purchase medical, dental and vision coverage for themselves and/or their eligible dependents. This monthly dollar amount is the same for all employee groups: faculty and staff. Your medical election can be different from the type of coverage you elect for dental and vision coverage. The amounts below assumes full-time (.83 FTE or greater); amount prorated based on FTE.

Medical Coverage Premiums

Linfield Monthly Contributions* Kaiser PPO Deductible Kaiser HDHP (HSA) Kaiser HMO Kaiser HMO Deductible
Employee Only $755.00 $799.76 $690.54 $681.37 $548.13
Employee & Spouse $945.00 $1,607.52 $1,387.99 $1,369.55 $1,101.74
Employee & Child(ren) $875.00 $1,431.57 $1,236.07 $1,219.65 $981.15
Employee & Family $1,350.00 $2,239.33 $1,933.52 $1,907.83 $1,534.76
Waiver Credit $100.00

*Full-time (0.83 or greater) receives one of the following listed above. FTE between 0.50 and 0.82 benefit is prorated (ex. 0.50 FTE receives $377.50 for employee only coverage) 

2021-2022 Medical Benefits & Rate Comparisons – Effective April 1, 2021

Opting Out of Medical Coverage

If you decide not to elect Linfield’s medical coverage you would be eligible to receive a monthly “opt-out” amount. The monthly opt-out amount is $100 for full-time employees at .83 FTE or greater; amount prorated based on FTE. This monthly amount would be considered a taxable benefit. Even if you “opt-out” of Linfield’s medical plans you are still eligible to enroll into dental and vision coverage. The premiums for either or both of those elections would be taken as a pre-tax payroll deduction.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is Open Enrollment? The Open Enrollment period will be held from Tuesday, Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 26. The deadline to submit changes through the Benefit Solver portal is Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Elections made during Open Enrollment will become effective April 1, 2021. 
  • What’s new this year? Linfield contributions will remain the same. Linfield will contribute the following amounts toward your monthly premiums for Medical/Dental/Vision. Contributions are based on your medical election. There were slight increases this year to the Kaiser Permanente premiums.
  • How do I make changes or review options? Visit to review plan options, summaries and premiums. All changes must be submitted through this portal by Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.
  • What if I don't want to make any changes? If you are satisfied with your current coverages and do not want to make any changes, you must still complete the online Open Enrollment process by Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.
  • What if I have coverage outside of Linfield? Linfield University offers a monthly Opt-Out of $100.00 per month for anyone waiving medical insurance. This amount is added to your income and taxed each month. If you waive medical, the employer contribution does not apply; however, you and your eligible family members remain eligible for dental and vision insurance.  
  • What if my benefit selections cost is less than the employer contribution? You are not able to keep any remaining employer contribution funds that are not used. 
  • What if I have specific questions, I would like to talk with Kaiser about? Click HERE to schedule a 1:1 meeting with Clydie, our dedicated Kaiser representative. Clydie is available for individual appointments between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 28-29 and Feb 9-11. 
  • What if I need to make a change outside of Open Enrollment? Once the enrollment deadline is past, your choices are binding until the next open enrollment period. Mid-year changes are only permitted when there is a Qualifying Life Event (marriage, divorce, birth, death, gaining or losing other coverage). To make a change outside of Open Enrollment, you must initiate a Life Event in the Benefit Solver system within 31 days of the event.  

If you have questions or concerns regarding open enrollment or your insurance, please contact Debbie Hussey, benefits coordinator/HR generalist at 503-883-2462 or by email at